Youth homelessness

We have been gathering evidence of the nature and extent of youth homelessness in England since 2011.

YounG & HOmeless 2013

Our third annual report on youth homelessness published in January 2014 found young homeless people are still facing many challenges. Survey responses from 79 homelessness charities and 90 local authorities show young people are becoming homeless mainly because of a relationship breakdown. Many young homeless people lack independent living skills and are not in education, employment or training.

Young & Homeless 2012

Our second report on youth homelessness was published in December 2012. With evidence from 117 homelessness charities and 101 local authorities, we found that youth homelessness is continuing to rise. Changes to the welfare system, such as extension of the shared accommodation rate are already having a negative impact on young people's ability to access appropriate housing options.



Our first report on youth homelessness was published in December 2011. Drawing on evidence provided by 79 homelessness charities and 108 local authorities, we highlighted an increase in young people requiring help and outlined the response from local authorities and the homelessness sector. 

The report includes a number of local and national level recommendations to help prevent youth homelessness and reduce its impact.